I THANK you for the article relating to Meals on Wheels, but wish to correct a mistake relating to volunteers.
Your article states there are only four regular volunteers.
This is incorrect.
We have approximately 100 dedicated volunteers who spend an hour and in some cases two hours a month delivering meals to our clients and yes, we are always on the lookout for more.
We need volunteers for about one hour between 11.15am and 12.15pm on any day to deliver meals, once a week, once a fortnight, monthly, or as many times as you like.
My point was that four volunteers are required to manage the day-to-day running of the service.
Since Meals on Wheels took over this service from community health in 2010, the same four volunteers have been happily filling the positions of chairperson, treasurer, staff officer and welfare officer.
The positions of treasurer, staff and welfare officers require volunteers to have some basic training.
At precious annual meetings, we have been unable to fill vacancies to assist the positions and the duties fall back to one of the other three positions when the incumbent goes away or is ill.
My concern is that unless there are volunteers trained to take over these positions, then in the absence of more than one of these people for any lengthy period, Meals on Wheels may have difficulty continuing.
I ask that people seriously consider nominating for one of these positions or assistant positions at our annual meeting on October 23.
Details will be advertised in the Herald prior to the meeting.
For more information or to register as a volunteer, contact David McRostie 0427 659 001 or Irene Ham 0418 597 839.